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Frances Salomon Murphy writings


This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection
Murphy, Frances Salomon
Frances Salomon Murphy writings
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0.42 Linear feet
This collection contains the final draft and production material for the 1953 children’s book Ready-Made Family by Frances Salomon Murphy.
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[Description and date of item], [Box and folder number], Frances Salomon Murphy writings, 1953, Free Library of Philadelphia, Children’s Literature Research Collection.
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Frances Salomon Murphy was an elementary school teacher and children’s book author. She published two children’s books in the 1950s, A Nickel for Alice (1951) and   Ready-Made Family (1953). Both  A Nickel for Alice (later reprinted under the title  Runaway Alice) and  Ready-Made Family tell the stories of orphans growing up in the foster-care system. She also wrote a textbook for her third-grade social studies curricula,  History of Portland, Connecticut (1969), which was published posthumously.

Scope and Contents

The Frances Salomon Murphy writings include the final draft and production material for her 1953 book Ready-Made Family. The collection includes a revised typescript, galleys, page proofs with illustrations, the designed and typeset front matter, plate proofs, and the finished book jacket. The production materials were compiled by Crowell, the book’s publisher, as a “Production File: Showing How the Book, Ready Made Family, Was Made."

Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in order of creation. It is housed in the same box as the Jim Arnosky illustrations and the Margaret O. Hyde papers.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Free Library of Philadelphia: Children's Literature Research Collection,  March 2012

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Caitlin Goodman


The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers by appointment. Please contact the Curator for information.

Use Restrictions

The right of access to material does not imply the right of publication. Permission for reprinting, reproduction, or extensive quotation from the rare books, manuscripts, prints, or drawings must be obtained through written application, stating the use to be made of the material. The reader bears the responsibility for any possible infringement of copyright laws in the publication of such material. A reproduction fee will be charged if the material is to be reproduced in a commercial publication.

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Controlled Access Headings

  • Book jackets
  • Galley proofs
  • Manuscripts
  • Proofs (printed matter)
Personal Name(s)
  • Woodbury, Mabel
  • Children's authors--20th century
  • Children's literature--20th century

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Collection Inventory

Ready-Made Family, 1953.

Box Folder

Final draft, corrected typescript.

1 1

Galley proof.


Page proofs.


Final lettering for title page, graphite on tracing paper, 1 sheet.

1 2

Front matter, corrected typescript.

1 3

Front matter, corrected page proofs, 4 sets.

1 4

Plate proofs.


Book jacket.

1 5

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